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this morning, immigrants outrage. >> protests in multiple cities against arizona's controversial immigration law. its fate now at the supreme court, which appears to be in favor of it. and parents' plea. agony on their faces. the arizona couple promising never to give up looking for their missing 6-year-old girl. also this morning, ann romney's revelation, a health scare just weeks ago. her brave battle with m.s. and it is soaring to new heights. new york's new world trade center, just inches from a milestone. good morning, everybody.
i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm tanya rivero, in for paula faris. we begin with the red-hot issue of immigration. specifically, arizona's tough immigration law. >> we will officially know where the supreme court stands on it, come june. as abc's tahman bradley reports, yesterday's arguments provided plenty of early clues. >> reporter: the supreme court is taking on one of the most contentious issues in this country, immigration. the question before the court, whether the state of arizona can make its own immigration law requiring police during routine stops, to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect is in the u.s. illegally. the arizona man who brought the case says the law seems un-american. >> i never expected to have to carry my passport in my own country to prove that i belong here. >> reporter: hearing oral arguments yesterday, the justices appeared to find little trouble with major parts of arizona's law. justice anthony kennedy addressed the huge burden illegal immigration puts on the
states. the state of arizona has a massive emergency, with social disrupti disruption, economic disruption. even liberal justice, sonia sotomayor, seemed that arizona exceeded its authority by enacting the law. you can see it's not selling very well. why don't you try to come up with something else? outside the court, and in cities across the country, protests by people who believe arizona's law encourages racial profiling and stereotyping. >> it was a sign whether the states have the right to promote racism, promote hatred and police harassment toward immigrants of all people's colors. >> i don't know how it comes out. there's going to be a whole lot of people that are angry. >> reporter: rob and tanya, the court's decision could have a big impact on the fall campaign. republicans' aggressive stand on illegal immigration, has
alienated h alienated hispanic voters. lawmakers demanded answers from the head of homeland security over that secret service prostitution scandal. janet napolitano was on the hot seat yesterday, as she was questioned for the first time publicly about the scandal. and she blamed it all on a few bad apples. >> it really was, i think, a -- a huge disappointment to the men and women of the secret service, to begin with, who uphold very high standards. and feel their own reputations are dismerged by a few. >> napolitano said there had been no complaints of secret service agents behaving badly in the past 2 1/2 years. health lawmakers are poised to vote on a bill that would keep millions of americans from dishing out a lot more money every month. the measure would prevent interest rates on federal
student loans from doubling as of july 1st. but republicans want to pay for it by cutting money from president obama's health care overhaul law. the vote is set for tomorrow. lawmakers in the senate have postponed making any decisions about the future of the postal service. they voted to give the service $11 billion. but delayed decisions on closing some post offices and ending saturday delivery. the bill now goes to the house. a connecticut has become the 17th state to outlaw the death penalty. governor dan malloy signed the bill into law during a ceremony. he said it a moment for, quote, sober reflection. two current tsa agents are under arrest on drug trafficking and bribery charges. they're accused of allowing cocaine and other drugs to pass through their checkpoints at los angeles international airport, all in exchange for cash. prosecutors say the drugs were allowed at least five times last year.
all of the suspects face ten years in prison. the prosecution's key witness in the john edwards' trial faces more tough questions today. during cross-examination yesterday, andrew young was asked if he had fallen in love with edwards. lawyers tried to point out the inconsistencies in his testimony. questions this morning about newt gingrich's future, now that he's ending his presidential run. gingrich will announce the suspension of his campaign officially next tuesday. at which time he'll also endorse mitt romney. gingrich told romney yesterday he's ready to work together to defeat president obama. the gingrich campaign, though, is more than $4 million in debt. meanwhile, though, ann romney has given a revealing interview on "entertainment tonight." she said in the heat of the primary campaign, just before super tuesday in march, that she was very fatigued because of her multiple sclerosis. she didn't tell anyone how tired
she was. and after that, she took a few weeks off. we have some stunning video here. an abc news exclusive. it's a time-lapse video showing the construction of one world trade center, which, by monday, is expected to be the tallest building here in new york city. of course, one world trade is going up at ground zero in lower manhattan. when it's all done and open for business, the tower will stand 104 floors, 100 of which are currently in place. pretty amazing achievement, isn't it? >> it stands for a whole lot more than that. >> it certainly does. time, now, for weather across the country on this thursday manning. scattered showers from boston to raleigh. severe storms from charleston, west virginia, to memphis. triple-digit heat from south texas. am brill le into nebraska, kansas and colorado. thunderstorms from flagstaff and phoenix, up to the canadian border. showers from seattle to southern california. 67 in sacramento. 57 in portland. 82 in albuquerque.
mostly 50s from fargo to chicago. 61 in detroit. 60s from boston to baltimore. 83 in new orleans. and coming up next after the break, double-dip recession. a serious fear in the u.s. is happening to one of our closest partners. plus, revolutionary move. burger king's big step. doing something no other megachain has done. and later in the show, on the loose, on the runway. stay with us, everybody.
the federal reserve's latest report on the economy reflects some cautious optimism. fed chief ben bernanke said the central bank will keep interest rates near zero through 2014. and will step in with more stimulus if it's needed. but warns that congress must head off tax hikes come january. and that is exactly what's happened in britain, where the economy shrank for a second-straight quarter. that is the official definition of recession. the government's strict austerity measures have not stimulated the economy as officials had hoped. and checking the morning numbers overseas now. tokyo's nikkei average rose just slightly. hong kong's hang seng is up. and in london, the ftse opened higher, too. on wall street, the dow gained 89 points yesterday. the nasdaq gained 68 points. that's a full 2%. the question everyone wants to know, does apple have a next-best thing in the works to keep its huge profits going? invitation for apple worldwide
developers' conference went out yesterday with no hint that a new phone or other device will be unveiled. of course, they could always surprise us. burger king is moving to give all its chickens and pigs room to roam. the company is promising to phase out cages and crates for its breeding pigs by 2017. it's the first fast food chain to make such a pledge. burger king's enormous purchasing power could be a game-changer. today is the 20th anniversary of the take our daughters and sons to work program. so, if you're taking your child to work today, enjoy the day, of course. the rest of us promise to be on our best behavior. >> speak for yourself on that one. >> i'll watch my mouth today. yeah. next on this thursday, a case certain people are talking about today. a catholic schoolteacher fired for trying to get pregnant using ivf. and for the first time, a kidney is donated twice.
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a worker at new york city's la guardia airport there, trying to control a dog that was running around right there on the runway. birdie had gotten loose before her flight to memphis. her owner eventually got her under control. and she was loaded on to that plane. a couple of flights, though, were briefly delayed. >> a lot of bird issues. >> no kidding. >> on the runways. now, for a look at morning road conditions. wet on i-95, from boston to d.c. and i-40, from raleigh to little rock. rain drenches i-25, from denver to albuquerque. and i-10, from phoenix to l.a. and i-15, from vegas to montana. also slick on i-5, from seattle down to san diego. >> and if you're flying today, some airport delays are possible in los angeles, san francisco, and las vegas, or wherever else birdie may get. >> that's right.
birdie, go home. >> yes. all right. this is a very sad story. the parents of a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her tucson home say they will do anything to insure her return. >> isabel celis' parents have spoken publicly for the first time about their heartbreak. here's abc's diana alvear. >> to the person or persons, who have isabel, tell us your demands. tell us what you want. we will do anything for her. >> reporter: five days after isabel celis disappeared, desperation has set in. the 6-year-old went to sleep friday night and has not been seen since. her family immediately called police and set out to find her. >> obviously, i'm disappointed that we haven't found her at this point. but that doesn't mean that we're giving up hope. >> reporter: police have scaled back their massive search. their focus now, on what nearby surveillance cameras may have captured and witnesses. they're circulating a questionnaire to neighbors, asking if they, too, have surveillance cameras.
whether they heard dogs barking. who isabel was usually with. and what she was usually doing. while police have not ruled out the girl's parents as suspects, they directly addressed the matter on wednesday. >> we are cooperating to the fullest extent with the investigation. >> we are here today to plea for a safe return of our baby girl, isabel. >> reporter: the pain of isabel's absence, too much to bear. >> we love you. we miss you so much. we will never give up looking for you. >> reporter: police are searching water and drainage systems in her family's neighborhood. they've also searched a nearby landfill. rob? tanya? >> thank you, diane. we'll have a live update from tucson, later today on "good morning america." well, a hand-me-down kidney has been handed down once again. the same organ donated twice. doctors in chicago say ray
fearing's kidney began to fail just two weeks after the 24-year-old received it from his sister. instead of throwing out the organ, they transplanted it into 67-year-old irwin gomez. it's the first documented case where a kidney was taken from a living patient and recycled. >> wow. an indiana teacher is now suing the catholic church and her former school because she was fired. emily herx claims she lost her job because she used in vitro fertilization. herx is married. she's not catholic. and she says none of her embryos were destroyed. her she lost her job anyway. and he says a church pastor called her a, quote, grave, immoral sinner. it's a big day in sports. the nfl brings in its newest class of millionaires tonight when the draft gets under way. as for last night's sports highlights, we get those from espn. >> good morning. i'm jorge andres. and this is your "sportscenter" update.
let's go to the ice for game seven. timmy thomas, one of the best mustaches in the business against alex ovechkin. best toothless smile in the business. bruins/caps. redirected by matt hendricks. and washington, up 1-0. second period. johnny boychuk trying to get the rebound. tyler seguin getting a piece of it. we're tied up at 1-1. later, in overtime, tied at 1-1. bruins make the line change. the caps break out two-on-one. knuble his shot. and ward there for the rebound. the capitals are advancing to the conference semifinals. let's go to the association. blake griffin and the clippers taking on the knicks. fourth quarter, blake griffin. his pass stolen by j.r. smith. and it's alley-oop time to landry fields. successful two points there. he had eight on the night. time to griffin. he does. or does he? doing work.
a little hook shot. 29 points for griffin. clippers down one. ensuing knicks' possession. j.r. smith, 2 of his 21 points from the bench. and new york by three. less than 30 seconds of play. forcing the pass, goes over the backboard. knicks recover. and new york wins 99-93. well, the nfl draft, starting tonight. 8:00 p.m. eastern time. coming your way on espn. and that watch espn app. we know andrew luck's going one. we know robert griffin iii is going second. we have everything coming your way here on espn. and just one more sports highlight for you here. sign this kid up. >> check him out on a backyard court in maryland. wait for it now. here we go. it's about to happen. flip, ball up. and off the backboard and in. you saw that right. he did a front flip and hit that shot from what looks to be about 40 feet away. >> amazing.
that's all one camera shot. no tricky editing there, folks. what you see is what you get. very well done on his part. send that out to the scouts. >> i smell a contract. up next, the high schooler barred from her own prom because she doesn't have a date. >> weird story there. also, imagine spending $5,000 on this. that was me the day i learned i had to start insulin for my type 2 diabetes. me... thinking my only option was the vial and syringe dad used. and me... discovering once-daily levemir flexpen. flexpen is prefilled. doesn't need refrigeration for up to 42 days. no drawing from a vial. dial the exact dose. inject by pushing a button. flexpen is insulin delivery my way. levemir is long acting insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes. do not take if your blood sugar is too low.
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all right. time to check "the pulse" this morning, the stories you'll be talking about today, beginning with a 17-year-old girl in pennsylvania, being banned from her prom because she doesn't have a date. >> when amanda dougherty's date backed out, she decided to go to the prom solo. she didn't want the $1,000 she spent on the big dance to go down the drain. but the catholic school junior is being told, no date, no prom. >> amanda is still hoping the archdiocese has a change of heart by the time of the prom. >> we're rooting for you, amanda. >> don't get that one, yeah. more than 100 guests turned out to witness some bow wow vows in southern california. scruffy, a jack russell and chihuahua mix, pledged undying love to snickers, a lapsoapso.
>> the canine shindig was held at a country club in palm desert. instead of the wedding march, they played, "you light up my life." and instead of wedding gifts, guests made contributions to an animal charity. >> those dogs noted every penny spent on their wedding. by now, you've probably seen the video of a girl in china being swallowed by the sidewalk. >> she showed up last night on "jimmy kimmel live." >> i saw a funny clip on youtube today. a girl falls through a hole in the sidewalk. it must be a deep hole because she's gone. that's a cab. the guy and a woman get out to check on her. i don't know what -- [ laughter and applause ] are you okay? are you all right? >> she's fine. she landed in l.a.
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this morning. the key prosecution witness in john edward' corruption trial faces more cross-examination today. defense attorneys are trying to undermine andrew young's credibility. the senate has put off a decision about closing post offices and eliminating saturday mail delivery as a way to shore up the postal service's dire finances. the issue, now, go to the house. and ann romney tells "entertainment tonight," that she suffered fatigue, the result of her battle with m.s., right before the super tuesday primaries. but romney says she didn't tell anyone how tired she was. today's weather, now. rainy out west, from seattle to san diego. and across much of the rockies. severe storms from kansas to north texas. and memphis to raleigh. scattered showers in the northeast. finally from us this morning, we wanted to show you more of that abc news exclusive video, the building of one world trade center. >> it's about to become the tallest building here in new york city. watching it grow from the ground-up, is worth another, longer look. ♪
♪ >> so inspiring to see that. >> indeed. >> and a here's a live shot of one world trade as it looks right now. 100 floors have already been built. there are now just four more to go. >> one world trade will stand a symbolic 1,776 feet when it's all done and ready for business some time next year or in 2014. amazing to think that it will be done that quickly. >> there it goes. in 1776, of course, the year that the country declared its indianapolis. very symbolic. that's what's making news in mork this morning.